What to Know Before Buying Hair Cutting Scissors

First tip: Only use them on your hair, nothing else!

Person getting their hair cut
A DIY haircut doesn’t have to spell disaster.Pexels/Engin Akyurt

If you’re trying to save money on visits to the salon, then invest in the next best thing: a professional hairstylist’s tools. Effective shear-cutting scissors require consideration of material, size, and specific utility for your hair-cutting needs. With enough practice, you might never have to pay for a haircut again!

Equinox International Professional Razor Edge Series - Barber Hair Cutting Scissors/Shears

Premium Materials

Sharp enough for precise, blunt styles.Equinox International

You won’t need the durability of hairstylists’s actual shears, which can cost hundreds of dollars. But, still, don’t let price be your only deciding factor. Make sure to invest in sharp steel blades.

JW Professional Shears Razor Edge Series - Barber & Hair Cutting Scissors/Shears Japanese Stainless Steel

Loads of Size Options

This 5.5-inch pair is perfect for detailed bang trims.JW Shears

If you’re planning on making light touch-ups or cutting close to the skin, pick shears that are 5.5 inches or shorter for better control. Ones that are longer than 5.5 inches are better for all-over cuts and thick hair.

ULG Hair Thinning Scissors Cutting Teeth Shears

Specialty Style

Adds texture and piecey layers.ULG

Scissors aren’t a one-size-fit-all solution. Thinning scissors, also known as blending scissors, can be used for removing bulk and preventing blunt ends. Texturizing scissors, although similar, have wider grooves between teeth to add lift to hair.